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Private Concert

Larry Coryell

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This all-acoustic solo guitar studio date by Larry Coryell is a real find, issued by the German label Acoustic Music. Occasionally Coryell overdubs a second accompanying line, as he does on Dizzy Gillespie's "Brother K," played as a gentle samba, and "Hot House," which weds hard bop with bossa nova. Compelling interpretations of timeless standards ("Spring Is Here" and "Body and Soul"), classical works (Ravel's "Pavane de la Belle au Bois Dormant" and Rodrigo's "Spanish Suite"), plus an imaginative reworking of George Harrison's "Something" and a dramatic, extended but never dull take of "Moon River" are among the CD's many assets. About the only thing to gripe about is the liner note author's reference to "Todd" Dameron, a mistake unfortunately repeated in the composer credit to "Hot House."

Biography

Born: 02 April 1943 in Galveston, TX

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock — perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some — Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style,...
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Private Concert, Larry Coryell
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  • €8.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: 27 April 1999

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